[Page 4] Occupied the stand. Apropriately too on either quarter are the spaces occupied by the four advanced nations of the world. England, France, United States and Prussia each with the best exhibits at the corner. The Prussian works of art and utility in Mexico is considerably the precious metal, and porcelain and poor in comparison with the others. I have no sympathy for Prussia. The American a New York firm exhibits a large case of beautiful artistic silverware but the Americans do not get very far away from utility. The French are squarely into art their exhibit of Bronze statues and statuettes are far the most numerous and best on exhibition. But to me at last and others too the point of greatest attraction was the copies of ancient modern works of art in gold and silver from the South Kensington Museum. [Page 1] Peterboro Oct 29 1876 Dear Friend John I have been to the Great Centennial and as it is by far the most noteworthy incident of this dull year of my existence you will excuse me for making it so prominent. If your devotion to science has allowed you to read the papers you must have read much about the Centennial but the papers do not give my impressions any more than the exact impressions of any other individual except the writer’s. It something like the Great Book of books and the Great book of nature. This Great Book of human progress is so copius and varied that we may well be excused for obtaining
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